October Partner News

October 12th, 2017

6th Annual Preschool Showcase – Reserve Your Spot Today!

Save the Date for DPP’s 2018 Preschool Showcase! This year’s Showcase will be held in central Denver at the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-being on January 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We listened to your feedback from last year and will be starting the Showcase an hour earlier and closing it two hours earlier. RSVP today by emailing tricia@dpp.org, to:

  • -Introduce your school to prospective families at Denver’s premier event for families with preschoolers

  • -Take advantage of FREE MARKETING – all DPP preschools are eligible for a booth at no charge

  • -Opportunities to network with other early childhood programs

  • -Gain access to fun giveaways and a grand prize!

We hope to have you join us at this annual event.

 

DPP Forum on Family Engagement Begins November 4

DPP is proud to announce registration is open for our third annual Preschool Forum training series. The series will consist of four trainings on family engagement, conducted by Jenni Brasington, Maria Fernandez and Ernesto Rodriguez from Scholastic’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team.

  

Below are the training dates and topics. Please click here to register for the first training, or visit dpp.org/news/forum for more information. While you can choose to participate in one, two or three trainings, you will earn extra points on your early childhood professional credential by attending all four.

Saturday, November 4: The Pathway to Effective Family-School Partnerships (registration now open at dpp.org/news/forum )

Saturday, December 2: Family Capacity Building Events

Saturday, February 24: Communication Practices that Build Family Capacity

Saturday, April 14: Differentiating Family Support: Equitable Strategies to Meet the Needs of All Families

Please contact chris@dpp.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to all who were able to stop by our 10th Birthday Celebration on September 14. We had a great time celebrating this important milestone with all of you who continue to help make DPP what it is today.

Each year, DPP recognizes preschools and teachers in our network that exemplify quality, commitment and excellence at our annual teacher appreciation event. This year's event was extra special as DPP celebrated turning 10 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where three awards were presented, the first being the Quality Enrichment Award which went to Lil’ People Learning Center. Their rating results highlight their commitment to quality improvement in early childhood education and include a Level 5 in the Workforce Qualifications and Professional Development category and a Level 4 in the Learning Environment category. Additionally, Lil' People earned a near perfect score of 6.69 out of 7 on the Environment Rating Scale for one of their classrooms.

DPP’s Commitment to Quality Award recognized Katie Wooley, a teacher from Family Flex Early Education Center, who demonstrates a tireless commitment to advancing quality education in the classroom. Katie was nominated by her peers, who say that she is a mentor to the other staff members, creates a warm and inviting environment for her students and their parents and goes above and beyond all professional development expectations. She understands each child's individual strengths and creates opportunities for them to get past their challenges.
 
Last but not least, DPP’s Excellence in Quality Award recognized Denver Public Schools Park Hill Elementary, a program that demonstrates the ability to not only reach, but also maintain, the highest standards of quality in early childhood education. This award was earned in large part due to their wonderful teachers Dorsey Davenport and Cynthia Plunkett who earned the highest CLASS® score out of any DPP classroom during the 2016-2017 school year.

We applaud each of our award winners as well as all of our amazing programs for your outstanding contributions to early childhood education.

 

Emergency Licensing Waivers to Help Families Affected by Recent Hurricanes

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood is accepting requests for an emergency waiver if you need to temporarily exceed your licensed capacity to help families affected by recent hurricanes. You can access the appeal form by clicking here. Please call 303-866-5948 (toll-free: 1-800-799-5876) or email childcare_appeals@state.co.us to learn more.

 

Upcoming Trainings

The Denver Preschool Program training calendar can be accessed anytime on our website by clicking here. We hope you will take advantage of these offerings. Registration is available online at ecconnect.ecclacolorado.org.

Please click here for the October – December training catalog.

The following trainings are just a few of the wide-range of trainings available at no cost to you and your staff:

Unconventional and Creative Strategies for Helping Traumatized
Children and Their Families

Description: Traumatized children present a multiplicity of problems and needs. It is often mind-boggling for the parents, foster parents, the adoptive parents, the caseworker, teachers and/or the therapist to know where to begin an attempt to turn things around in their lives.
This workshop is designed to teach a variety of goals, objectives, and treatment strategies to provide some order to an otherwise overwhelming situation.
Dates and time: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Trainer: Denver Children’s Advocacy Center

Good to Great (CLASS®) Module 3: Instructional Support
Description: This workshop explores the teaching competencies needed to support each child’s development of higher-level critical thinking skills.
Date and time: Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Clayton Training Center, Meera Mani Rm, 3975 M.L.K. Blvd Denver, CO 80205
Trainer: Representative of Clayton Early Learning

Sharing Information and Tough Conversations
Description: Parents are children’s first and lifelong teachers, so it is important to partner with them to make sure young children are getting the best support at home and at school.
However, this is easier said than done! Join us to learn about ways to share important information and essential resources with parents, as well as have those tricky conversations about healthy development, health and safety best practices, and how to navigate cultural differences.
Dates and times: Monday, November 6; Wednesday, November 15; Monday, November 20; Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Trainer: Soren Gall, Denver’s Early Childhood Council

 

Happy DPP Anniversary to YOU!

Congratulations to everyone celebrating their anniversary of joining DPP in the month of October, we appreciate your partnership. If you see your school's name below, be on the lookout for a special ‘thank you’ arriving soon…we look forward to celebrating another group next month!
 

 

1 year - The Goddard School - Stapleton

1 year - Catholic Charities ECE Programs at Annunciation

2 years - Catholic Charities Mariposa ECE Programs

2 years - Happy Ladybug

3 years - DPS High Tech Elementary

3 years - DPS Isabella Bird Community School

3 years - DPS Oakland

3 years - DPS Valdez

3 years - Sewall CDC Isabella Bird

7 years - Rocky Mountain SER Quigg Newton Center

7 years - Growing Butterflies & Beyond Childcare

9 years - Paddington Station, Inc.

9 years - Steele Cooperative Preschool

9 years - Nellie's Daycare Home

9 years - Children's Corner Learning Center

9 years - Inner City School

10 years - Family Star Montessori and Early Head Start Northwest

10 years - Hope Center, Inc.

10 years - Morning Star Preschool

10 years - University Children's Center

10 years - Advantage Learning Center

10 years - Early Excellence Program of Denver

10 years - The Educare School @ Clayton Early Learning

10 years - Mile High Early Learning Edna Oliver

10 years - Mile High Early Learning Sun Valley

10 years - Mile High Early Learning Lowry

10 years - Mile High Early Learning Rude Park

10 years - Mile High Early Learning Westwood

10 years - Sewall CDC Fillmore

10 years - Sewall CDC at the Alliance

10 years - Schlessman YMCA Child Care Center